London: Vitamin D, a vitamin synthesized by the body when exposed to sunlight, can help the body fight infections of deadly tuberculosis, researchers say.According to a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, patients who were given vitamin D in combination with antibiotics recovered from tuberculosis (TB) more quickly than those who just took antibiotics, the BBC reported.More tests would be needed before it could be given to patients routinely.Vitamin D was used to treat the lung infection long before antibiotics were discovered, with patients being prescribed “forced sunbathing”, known as heliotherapy.However, the treatment disappeared when antibiotics proved successful at treating the disease.Tuberculosis kills close to 1.5 million people each year, and many strains of tuberculosis are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics - rendering it untreatable.Researchers from Queen Mary University in London looked at 95 patients who had non-resistant TB. Those who took the combination of antibiotics and vitamin D recovered two weeks faster than those who did not take vitamin D.
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